In a circular to merchant shipping in the Gulf released on Monday, the U.S. Navy said oil tankers loading at Basra and Khor al-Amaya terminals should avoid or minimise time in the deep water anchorages.
"Recent criminal activity reinforced the validity of this caution and the importance of strict security procedures to prevent or limit opportunities for unlawful boardings," it said.
"Iraqi and coalition maritime forces have responded and will continue to respond to maritime security threats, but cannot provide the same level of security at the anchorage as at the terminals."
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Reuters reports Oil tankers told not to linger at Iraq's terminals. It makes perfect sense: